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14 February 2018


The Kings and Queens News Team were part of last week’s media excitement when for once, the press pack were in the interview hot spot after a journalist from The Guardian newspaper visited the Academy. Journalist Steven Morris was in Cheddar last Thursday (8 February 2018) sleuthing about the Cheddar Man story that broke with the discovery that the DNA of a Briton discovered nearly 10,000 years ago had dark brown skin and blue eyes. By happy coincidence it was the weekly meeting day of the News Team who were keen to be part of the action; along with Kings’ retired Head of History Adrian Targett – known to locals as the other Cheddar Man – who happened to be in school that afternoon and he too joined the impromptu news conference. In the 1990’s, tests were undertaken as part of a television series on archaeology in Somerset, “Once Upon a Time in the West” from DNA found in the pulp cavity of the remains of a skeleton in Gough's Cave. The remains were discovered in 1903 buried alone in a chamber near the mouth of the deep cave, the largest of 100 caverns in Cheddar Gorge and Britain's prime site for Paleolithic human remains, about 1,000 years before...... more

12 February 2018


Year 9 Big Pitch students at The Kings of Wessex Academy know all about the unique selling point and business plans; so were clued up for the Semi-Finals of this hotly contested competition in school last Tuesday (6 February 2018). Of the eight teams presenting, the difficult decision was made to shortlist to the final fab four who are all now through to the finals to be held next month at The Strawberry Special in Draycott. Big Pitch is the exciting entrepreneurial opportunity for students interested in running their own business. Under the watchful and supportive supervision of the Business Studies Department and some business aficionados from the Rotary Club of Mendip, the students conceive their own business idea that they then manage, including making and selling their own stock. Subject Leader for Business Studies Jo Wilson congratulated all the teams for their enthusiastic efforts throughout the competition and their excellent presentations to the judging panel and praised this year’s four finalists: Marsh Mallow Moments<> – Ben Cobley and Billy Nash selling handmade marshmallow delights coated in chocolate and sprinkles on...... more

29 January 2018


Despite the sometimes cold January temperatures, retired Teacher of Food Technology Wendy MacKinnon showed herself to be a true friend when she recently made a big decision to raise money for charity. Wendy retired from The Kings of Wessex Academy in summer 2015 after seven years in post. A caring and conscientious teacher, she has shown herself to be the same to her friend, Teacher of P.E. Tracey Tibbs, who is currently off school undergoing treatment for the rare condition Amyloidosis after she was diagnosed out of the blue in 2016. As well as her many fine attributes as a teacher, Wendy was known for her very beautiful, long hair that she had grown long since she was very young; only to cut it mistakenly to shoulder length when she was 13. But she painstakingly grew it back! It was after being linked to her son’s friend Toby's Justgiving page to raise money for Alzheimer’s and reading about the Little Princess Trust that makes wigs for children who lose their hair due to cancer that Wendy made her momentous decision. She would start the new year a new woman by going for the big chop to raise money for UCL who are leading research into Tracey’s...... more

25 January 2018


It’s never too late for cake! Eight Kings’ students had an added appetising reason to look forward to Christmas when they entered the Christmas Cake Competition in the Design Technology Department. Starting in October, even before the shops were displaying their festive merchandise; each week the students made one component of their own Christmas cake. Week one saw the students make and bake the cake from scratch; whilst on week two, the intrepid bakers covered their cake with a marzipan layer, and on week three, they iced the cake and for the final few weeks, students were taught how to work with icing and make Christmas decorations out of icing. Students then had time to decorate their cakes to their own specification ready for judging on Wednesday 20 December 2017. This was when Executive Headteacher Mr Ball and the Senior Leadership Team had the tricky task of selecting the winning cake and Mr Ball and fellow judges noted the exceptionally high standard of cakes, many of which were unique and worthy of Bake Off. But after careful deliberation, Year 11 Simon Toogood was awarded first place with Rio Brigden and Matilda Doel joint runners up....... more

18 January 2018


Back to last September and the report of the fantastic EPQ presentations delivered by our Year 13 students. Following their presentation, students completed their projects, which included a 5,000 word report and a log book charting the progress of their project; which all had to be done and dusted by the first week in October. No mean feat! The results are now in and a huge congratulations to all of our EPQ students! The pass rate was a brilliant 100%, and in addition to their grades, all students will earn valuable UCAS points too. A further breakdown of the results shows that 32% of students achieved Grades A* to A and almost 60% achieved A* to C. In addition to the grades, students gained valuable experience in planning, organising and running their own projects under the guidance of a staff supervisor. For many, it was the first time that they had carried out independent work on such a significant scale and although daunting at times, they were able to believe and succeed. It is all the more commendable as this was an additional commitment on top of their Year 13 workload, and it was great to see almost a quarter of the year group taking on the challenge. ...... more